David Vlink

Partner

Biography

David Vlink has been with the firm since 2013. David is passionate about helping middle and working-class Americans and their unions. David represents labor unions in all aspects of union-side labor law and Taft-Hartley benefit funds in litigation and collection matters. He also represents workers in workers’ compensation and various employment matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower actions, and claims for disability benefits under ERISA. David also enjoys representing members of the public who have been denied access to public records under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act.

Education

Crown Point High School, 2001

Purdue University-Calumet, 2007

Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law, summa cum laude, 2011

Bar Memberships

  • State of Indiana, Attorney No. 30182-45
  • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

  • Indiana State Bar Association Labor, Employment, and Benefits Council
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee

Representative Cases

  • Teamsters Local 135 v. Sysco Indianapolis, LLC (S.D. Ind. 2018)— Obtained a judgment in favor of a union ordering the employer to pay the union’s members an early retirement benefit the employer had promised the union during contract negotiations but reneged on after the contract was signed
  • Neal v. Pipe Trades Health & Welfare Fund (S.D. Ind. 2016)— obtained a judgment on behalf of a Taft-Hartley benefit fund in a complicated and unique ERISA case
  • Allen v. Bartholomew County Court Services Dept. (S.D. Ind. 2016)—In a First Amendment civil rights case, obtained an injunction on behalf of a government employee ordering the employer to stop enforcing a policy that prohibited him from engaging in “political activity”
  • Madison County Bd. Of Commrs. v. AFSCME Local 3609 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015 & 2017)—Defended a union against an employer’s action to vacate an arbitration award, successfully counterclaimed to enforce the award, and recovered the union’s attorney’s fees expended on the litigation
  • Turner-Byrdsong v. AMTRAK, No. 2016-FRS-00086 (U.S. D.O.L. O.A.L.J. 2018)—In a Federal Rail Safety Act whistleblower case, obtained reinstatement, backpay, and compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of an employee plaintiff